Whether you’ve got an old lamp in need of new rejuvenation, or a you’ve bought a new lamp that you love (mostly anyway) then a change of lampshade can be just the solution you’re looking for. Before you go rushing out to buy a new shade however, it’s worth bearing in mind a few key points for what works and what doesn’t when selecting one.
- First off proportions. Try to ensure that the shade sits at roughly two thirds of the height of the base, otherwise you could be left with something that looks either top or bottom heavy.
- Make sure the shade is at least an inch or so wider all round than the widest part of the lamp, you need the shade to form a canopy whichever one you choose.
- Make sure the shade is suitable for covering up any of the ugly hardware on the base (bulb, and bulb fixture etc.) It could look really awful if the shade is too short to do this – think ankle swinging trousers in lamp form!
- Try to coordinate the shape of the base with the shape of the shade. So a round base will look best with a round shade, and a square base with a square shade. If you’re a little more daring you could use the opposite form of one to the other if the lamp is sat on a table of the same shape as the shade. For example, round table, square base, round shade.
- Make sure the shade is practical, for example you don’t want something too bulky and cumbersome on your bedside table or in other areas where the lamp might get easily knocked in the dark or otherwise.
- Make sure the shade fits with the style of the room. Keep it clean and simple for more a contemporary space, and for more elaborate and traditional rooms experiment with more detailed shades, perhaps pleated, floral or tiffany designs.